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Editor’s Notes: Vintage Collection Stolen, Meeting Bobby Orr

Dealers sometimes lose cards to thieves at card shows.  All it takes is a moment’s distraction for a card to slip away unnoticed.  Sometimes the thief tries to run and winds up going to jail.  That’s nothing compared to the feeling you get when someone actually breaks into your home and steals your stuff.

Mickey Mantle 1969 ToppsThat reality hit an Illinois man hard recently when he came home to discover a break-in and apparently the only thing the thief took was his collection of vintage baseball cards.

“Bruce” is a 60-year-old guy who is apparently pretty meticulous.  While he wasn’t much of an avid collector at this point, he did take very good care of his stash of 1960’s era cards.  He had a few dozen Hall of Famers including some Mickey Mantle cards.

Protected from handling by plastic sleeves, they were also hidden pretty well.  Or so he thought.

Peoria Journal-Star columnist Phil Luciano chatted with him about the theft.

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He’s just a guy from Goose Bay, just a stone’s throw from what is literally the furthest eastern edge of North America.  Darrell Bennett’s game was hockey and he is a huge fan of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, a fellow Canadian.

Bennett saved the hockey sticks he and his brother used for hours on end and decided one day he’d like to get them signed by Orr.

That’s no easy task.

Bennett doesn’t live anywhere near a place where Orr might show up for hockey so he thought about mailing them off.  That probably wouldn’t have been a great idea, but finally a connection gave him some hope that he might be able to put the sticks in Orr’s hands.

It happened all right.  But that wasn’t all.   The Labradorian has this feel good about your heroes kind of story.

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Leaf Trading Cards has found various niches through which to create some of its trading card products.  They’ve had to be creative without a major pro sports license.  One of their releases surrounds the U.S. Army All-America high school game.

Leaf creates a set of players who participate in the game who  just happen to be among the best in the nation.  This year, only 99 cases were made.

Each box has 12 autographs, which means that while it might seem creepy to collect a high school kid’s autograph, a few years down the road it might look pretty shrewd if he turns out to be a college superstar on his way to the NFL.

The players are asked to sit down and sign their trading cards in the days leading up to the game, which is a bit of a shock to many.

With the Johnny Manziel autograph story playing out across the country, USA Today focused on the All-American Bowl and the business behind the cards, getting some comments from Leaf’s Brian Gray for this story.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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